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Boeing announced its investment in Robotic Skies led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Chicago-based aerospace company.

This deal builds on a previously announced collaboration with Robotic Skies, Boeing Global Services and its subsidiaries to provide enhanced commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) services.

Based in Albuquerque, N.M., Robotic Skies is a global network of certified UAS maintenance centers. It offers turnkey field service programs designed to keep UAS flying safely, efficiently and affordably around the world. “With safety as a cornerstone, we are shaping a robust operational ecosystem for on-demand mobility that supports the future of aircraft, air vehicles and autonomous systems,” Boeing HorizonX Ventures Managing Director Brian Schettler said in a statement.

The investment is part of Boeing's disciplined, long-term strategy of entering into value-added partnerships that enhance and accelerate growth and deliver key differentiators for customers.

“Unmanned and autonomous commercial aircraft operations are increasingly mirroring those in manned aviation, including the need for quality maintenance provided by certified technicians,” Robotic Skies Founder and CEO Brad Hayden said in a statement. “This latest investment will allow us to continue to grow our global footprint and expand operational capabilities to support customers.”

Other participants in this funding round include Thayer Ventures, Sun Mountain Capital and KickStart Seed Fund

Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services. As the top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing employs more than 150,000 people worldwide and leverages the talents of a global supplier base. 

Robotic Skies, founded in 2014, has more than 170 certified repair stations across more than 40 countries, providing MRO and support services for commercial UAS.